I pledge to pick up litter in my community and surrounding areas, including any recycling and trash that I may see. By picking up garbage I am contributing to a clean community that is more welcoming to visitors and those within the community. Removing garbage is beneficial for the community members and environment. This is a different perspective than I have previously had in my life as I usually ignore the garbage outside because it does not affect me. I have been trained to know that littering is bad for the environment, but no one really explains why, so I pledge to research about littering. How does littering affect wildlife and the environment around me? What happens to litter when it is not properly discarded? Are there different types of littering? Who/what does littering mostly/directly affect? If I travel this semester to other cities my pledge extends to that area as well. To extend my pledge further, I can also encourage others to not litter, and I will have the knowledge to support my request. Engaged citizens are informed and use their knowledge to improve themselves, others, their community and, hopefully, the world.
Indigenous Peoples honour the environment and protect it, which illustrates the relationship that Indigenous Peoples have with the land that Westerners often do not. As we saw in Fort Qu’Appelle, the second monument commissioned by The Touchwood File Hills, Qu’Appelle District of Chiefs illustrated this belief. The plaque on the back of the monument explained that “the Indian man is praying to the great spirit for allowing him to take the golden eagle for ceremonial purposes. In this manner, he demonstrates a great reverence for the environment and a realization that man should be as one with nature.” My pledge connects me with nature as someone who protects it, similar to Indigenous Peoples.
Some outcomes that this pledge relate to are:
DR5.1 (Dynamic Relationships Grade 5) - Analyze the historic and contemporary relationship of people to land in Canada.
DR6.2 (Dynamic Relationships Grade 6) - Analyze ways in which the land affects human settlement patterns and social organization, and ways in which humans habitations affects land.